Lectures and Seminars
08 - 08
Dec Dec
Constitutions in Crisis: Constitutionalism, constitutional rights, and institutional stability in Latin America


Friday 8 December 2017


09:30 to 16:30



Fernanda Farina, Oxford Law, Denis Galligan, Wolfson, others TBC


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The end of the twentieth century was marked by optimism for the stability and effectiveness of the constitutional systems of the nations in Latin America. Over the last decade, however, matters have taken a turn for the worse. The resurgence of political conflict, the growth in violence, widespread disaffection and discontent, authoritarian discourses, and a deep economic crisis have all contributed to the undermining of the established constitutional orders in many of the continent’s nations. Constitutional texts are being redrafted to serve short-term political objectives; respect for rights has declined; and the institutions of government, particularly the executive and the judiciary, compete for power. The aim of this workshop is to examine these issues, to assess their causes, and to chart the consequences for the constitutional systems concerned. Participants come from a range of backgrounds, including law, sociology, politics, and economics. Register at: http://www.fljs.org/Latin-America